In late 2012 the Chinese media claimed that 300 corpses were found floating in the Yellow River near Lanzhou, the latest of roughly 10,000 victims—most of them (according to the local police) suicides—whose bodies have been washing downstream since the 1960s. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Once crucial to the establishment of one of the world's greatest civilisations, the River Nile is struggling in modern times. They have also introduced educational programmes, as well as price hikes for heavy business users.

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The Chinese authorities have tried to address the problem by creating massive water diversion projects. The saviour for some towns has been, and will be, bore water. But ask an environmentalist what is the country’s biggest problem, and the answer is always the same. China Oct 10th 2013 edition.

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The water available for use is thus atrocious. The UN estimates critical shortages in the country by 2025. Local officials in the southern Indian city have been bamboozled by the growth of new property developments following Bangalore's rise as a technological hub and are struggling to manage the city's water and sewage systems. The eastern, or downstream one is due to open by the end of this year (see map).

Water shortages also imperil plans to expand energy production, threatening economic growth.

The result is that China’s “water productivity” is low.

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More than 400 of China's 655 cities lack sufficient water… Of all the cities in the world, London is not the first that springs to mind when one thinks of water shortages.

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The Japanese capital enjoys precipitation levels similar to that of Seattle on the US west coast, which has a reputation for rain. Official regulatory bodies admit that 35% to 60% of total drinking water reserves in Russia do not meet sanitary standards. According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth. The Yangzi river is already seriously polluted. Like China, India struggles with water pollution and Bangalore is no different: an in-depth inventory of the city's lakes found that 85% had water that could only be used for irrigation and industrial cooling. All rights reserved. Rather than making sensible and eminently doable reforms in pricing and water conservation, China is focusing on increasing supplies. By Patrick Chappatte | China Daily | Updated: 2019-06-11 07:55 Photo .

* Supplementary water carted when required, *** Water infrastructure projects underway. More than half of China's cities have serious water shortages.

US election 2020: Who is ahead in the states still counting? And that was before it even opened. Gardens are dead, people skip showers and water quality has worsened — the big dry dominates conversation in coffee shops, pubs and homes. Called the South-North Water Diversion Project, it will link the Yangzi with the Yellow River, taking water from the humid south to the parched north.

China is home to almost 20% of the world's population but has only 7% of the world's fresh water.